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This guide has been prepared for NIACC students transferring to the colleges and universities listed.

Curriculum is recommended for each of the major courses that can be taken at NIACC. Students should, however, check the requirements of their major with a NIACC counselor/advisor.

Students are also encouraged to correspond with their transfer college to obtain a verification of their planned courses while at NIACC.


Secondary Teacher Education — for specific information about teaching physical education, see Physical Education-Licensure.

There is no standardized curriculum in education. Each college or university has its own requirements which differ in varying degrees from other schools. Below are listed representative colleges to which most North Iowa Area Community College students transfer, together with a list of courses which may be obtained at North Iowa Area Community College to meet necessary requirements. There are some states that do not accept transfer education courses unless they are taken in that particular state.

Buena Vista University

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
Completion of the A.A. degree with the following courses:

Children’s Literature 3 s.h.
U.S. History OR
Non U.S. History
3 s.h.
American Government 3 s.h.
Geography course 3 s.h.
Music Appreciation OR
Art Appreciation OR
Introduction to Theater OR
Art History
3 s.h.
Physical Science OR
Introduction to General Chemistry*
4 s.h.
Inquiry Into Life Science* 4 s.h.
Biology* 3 s.h.
Composition & Speech I and II 8 s.h.
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I and II 8 s.h.
Literature course 3 s.h.
Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Educational Technology and Design 3 s.h.
Educational Psychology AND
Child and Adolescent Psychology
6 s.h.

* – Must include one lab.

    1. Students seeking admission into the Teacher Education Program at Buena Vista University need a minimum GPA of 2.50. Students are also required to take the PRAXIS I (pre-professional skills test) and receive minimum scores of 171 (Math), 173 (Reading), and 172 (Writing). The PRAXIS may be taken before transferring to Buena Vista University.
    2. All Incompletes must be completed before eligible to student teach.
    3. Composition & Speech I and II (8 s.h.) waives public speaking requirement.

Endorsements available in Reading, Pre-K, Middle School and Instructional Strategist I.

SECONDARY EDUCATION
Completion of the A.A. Degree with the following courses:

U.S. History OR American Government 3 s.h.
Music Appreciation OR
Art Appreciation OR
Introduction to Theater OR
Art History
3 s.h.
Physical Science OR
Introduction to General Chemistry
4 s.h.
Biology OR
Inquiry Into Life Science
4 s.h.
Composition & Speech I and II 8 s.h.
Educational Psychology AND
Child and Adolescent Psychology
3 s.h.
Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Educational Technology and Design 3 s.h.
    1. Secondary Education requires major in content area.
    2. Students seeking admission into the Teacher Education Program at Buena Vista University need a minimum GPA of 2.50. Students are also required to take the PRAXIS I (pre-professional skills test) and receive minimum scores of 171 (Math), 173 (Reading), and 172 (Writing). The PRAXIS may be taken before transferring to Buena Vista University.
    3. All Incompletes must be completed prior to beginning student teaching.
    4. Communications I and II (8 s.h.) waives public speaking course requirement.

Drake University

Students planning to transfer into the School of Education at Drake University need a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 at 60 semester hours of credit. For admission into teacher education at Drake, students are also required to take the PPST (pre-professional skills test) and receive minimum scores of: Math – 169, Reading – 171, Writing – 171. The PPST may be taken prior to transfer or after arrival at Drake.

Both Elementary and Secondary Education majors complete the following courses:

Composition & Speech I and II 8 s.h.
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I and II (elementary only) 8 s.h.
American History 6 s.h.
American Government 3 s.h.
Public Speaking 2 s.h.
Inquiry Into Life Science 4 s.h.
Biology I (may take Biological Principles + Lab) 4 s.h.
General Chemistry I 5 s.h.
Physical Science + Lab 4 s.h.
Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Classroom Assessment 2 s.h.
Educational Technology and Design 3 s.h.
Including Diverse Learners 3 s.h.

It is advised that students interested in an education major decide on a teaching content area or area of endorsement and begin taking required courses at NIACC. Contact the Associate Dean in the School of Education (1-800-44-DRAKE ext. 2599) for course recommendations.

Many of the courses listed above also fulfill Drake curriculum requirements. For specific Drake curriculum (general education) information, students should access the Drake curriculum website or contact the Office of Admissions, 1-800-44-DRAKE, ext. 3181. It is recommended that NIACC students planning for transfer to Drake save their NIACC course syllabi for in-depth review for Drake curriculum outcomes fulfillment upon transfer.

Grand View College

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
Introduction to Psychology 3 s.h.
Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
Art Appreciation 3 s.h.
Art in the Elementary School 3 s.h.
Children’s Literature 3 s.h.
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I and II 8 s.h.
College Algebra 4 s.h.
Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Classroom Assessment 2 s.h.
Including Diverse Learners 3 s.h.
Educational Technology and Design 3 s.h.
ELEMENTARY/SECONDARY ART EDUCATION
Introduction to Psychology 3 s.h.
Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
College Algebra 4 s.h.
Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Classroom Assessment 2 s.h.
Including Diverse Learners 3 s.h.
Art History I and II 6 s.h.
Drawing 3 s.h.
Ceramics 3 s.h.
2-D Design 3 s.h.
Graphic Design 3 s.h.
Painting I and II 6 s.h.
Digital Illustration 3 s.h.
SECONDARY EDUCATION/BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Introduction to Psychology 3 s.h.
Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
Principles of Macroeconomics 3 s.h.
Principles of Microeconomics 3 s.h.
Business Law I and II 6 s.h.
Management Information Systems 3 s.h.
Principles of Accounting I and II 6 s.h.
College Algebra 4 s.h.
Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Classroom Assessment 2 s.h.
Including Diverse Learners 3 s.h.
Educational Technology and Design 3 s.h.

Iowa State University

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER EDUCATION (SECONDARY TEACHER EDUCATION)
Students entering ISU for secondary education licensure are admitted into the college that offers their teaching subject (e.g., math, English, chemistry, etc. to Liberal Arts and Sciences, Agricultural Education, to the College of Agriculture). The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will honor the A.A. Degree as fulfilling the general education requirements of that college. Students should refer to that curriculum in this guide as well as the section in the ISU catalog titled “Teacher Education” and confer with the counselors at North Iowa Area Community College in preparing a schedule.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
The requirements for elementary education at Iowa State University are quite structured. The following list of courses will meet requirements for Iowa State University:

Composition & Speech I and II 8 s.h.
Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
American Government 3 s.h.
Additional Social Science 3 s.h.
Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Sociology,
Humanities
6 s.h.
Art, Foreign Language, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy,
Theater, Physical Education (May include First Aid and Physical Safety)
3 s.h.
Biological Science 3 s.h.
Inquiry Into Life Science, Introductory Biology, Anatomy &
Physiology, Physical Science
4 s.h.
Physical Science, Principles of Physics, College Chemistry, College
Physics Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I and II
8 s.h.
Additional Mathematics 4 s.h.
College Algebra/Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus I Introduction
to Teaching
3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Children’s Literature 3 s.h.
Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
Art in Elementary School 3 s.h.
Classroom Assessment 2 s.h.
Including Diverse Learners 3 s.h.
Educational Technology and Design 3 s.h.

Additional courses may fit into various areas of specialization. Contact an ISU advisor for details at 515-294-7021.

Students are required to complete a foreign language before graduation. This requirement can be met by completing two semesters of a single language in college or three semesters of a single language in high school.

All students seeking recommendation for a teaching license from ISU must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Eligibility for the program is obtained after completing at least 9 credits at ISU with a 2.50 GPA, a combined score of 522 on the PRAXIS I with no score less than 170, at least a C grade in Composition and Speech I and II, 10 hours of documented field observation, and good mental/physical health.

Minnesota State University – Mankato

SECONDARY EDUCATION (High School Teaching)
In general, students planning to teach in the secondary schools should follow a general liberal arts curriculum. Students should consult the MSU catalog for specific freshman-sophomore level courses required in their major field.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
The course requirements for elementary education at MSU are very structured. Students are encouraged to speak with an advisor in the MSU College of Education to plan their transfer into this program. The following list of courses at NIACC will satisfy some of the requirements for elementary education at Minnesota State University, Mankato:

Composition & Speech I and II 8 s.h.
Math for Liberal Arts 3 s.h.
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I and II 8 s.h.
Inquiry Into Life Science 4 s.h.
Introductory Biology & Lab 4 s.h.
Principles of Physics 4 s.h.
American History 6 s.h.
Children’s Literature 3 s.h.

A 2.75 cumulative grade point average is required for professional education. The Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) must be complete and on file at MSU before a student is allowed to take professional education courses. Students should contact the MSU College of Education Advising Center with questions.

Simpson College

EDUCATION
Students planning to transfer into the Teacher Education Program at Simpson will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 to be accepted for admission to the program. Students will be required to take the C-BASE basic skills test. It is advised that students select a content area and begin taking classes at NIACC if possible. You may contact the Director of Transfer Enrollment at Simpson (1-800-362-2454) for course recommendations.

Courses which may be taken at North Iowa Area Community College to complete major requirements at Simpson College:

EDUCATION
Composition & Speech I and II 8 s.h.
OR Composition I and II 6 s.h.
Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
Including Diverse Learners 3 s.h.
Educational Technology and Design 3 s.h.
Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
Elementary Only
Art in the Elementary School 3 s.h.
Math for Elementary Teachers I and II 8 s.h.
American National Government 3 s.h.
U.S. History to 1877 3 s.h.
OR U.S. History Since 1877 3 s.h.
Western Civilization: Ancient to Early Modern 4 s.h.
OR World Literature I 3 s.h.
Western Civilization: Early Modern to Present 4 s.h.
OR World Literature II 3 s.h.
Children's Literature 3 s.h.
One of the following
Inquiry Into Life Science 4 s.h.
Introductory Biology and Lab 3 s.h.
Environmental Science 3 s.h.
Biology I 4 s.h.
Biology II 4 s.h.
AND One of the following
Principles of Physics 4 s.h.
College Chemistry I 5 s.h.
General Chemistry I or II 5 s.h.
Physical Science 3 s.h.
College Physics I 4 s.h.
Classical Physics I 5 s.h.

The University of Iowa

EDUCATION
Students planning to transfer into the College of Education at the University of Iowa need a minimum of a 2.70 cumulative GPA and at least 40 semester hours of credit. Admission is highly competitive and is based on an achievement profile which includes: GPA; PRAXIS I (minimum 522 composite, with no sub score lower than 170). In addition, students should have completed an approved 10-hour volunteer practicum.

Education majors fulfill the same General Education Program Requirements (GERs) as students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Therefore, NIACC students may use the A.A. Degree to automatically fulfill all GERs, with the exception of foreign language. Foreign language may be taken in high school or at NIACC to meet these requirements. State licensure requires one college-level math course.

ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
NIACC students should complete:

Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Educational Psychology 3 s.h.

ADDITIONAL SECONDARY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the general education requirements explained above, students interested in teaching at the secondary level should consult their NIACC counselor in selecting courses approved for use toward their teaching major.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:
Fall Semester – March 15
Spring Semester – October 15

University of Northern Iowa

All education majors should take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) during their sophomore year and have the scores reported to UNI. Education majors should maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
Elementary Education (K-6) should consider:

Art in the Elementary School 3 s.h.
Composition & Speech I and II 8 s.h.
Children’s Literature 3 s.h.
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I and II 8 s.h.
Biology and Physical Science
One course in Life Science and one in Physical Science
(at least one must have a lab, if A.A. is not earned)
8 s.h.
Child and Adolescent Psychology (not required) 3 s.h.
Developmental PsychologyOR
Child Growth and DevelopmentOR
Child and Adolescent Psychology
3 s.h.
Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Educational Technology and Design 3 s.h.
Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
Classroom Assessment 2 s.h.
Including Diverse Learners 2 s.h.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
(For specific curriculum, see Early Childhood Education section)

TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Integrated Technology Education majors should consider:

Composition & Speech I and II 8 s.h.
College Physics I 4 s.h.
Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Developmental Psychology OR
Child Growth and Development OR
Child and Adolescent Psychology
3 s.h.
Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
Including Diverse Learners 2 s.h.
Educational Assessment 2 s.h.

SECONDARY EDUCATION
Education majors with an interest in teaching at the secondary level should consider:

Educational Technology and Design 3 s.h.
Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Developmental Psychology OR
Child Growth and Development OR
Child and Adolescent Psychology
3 s.h.
Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
Classroom Assessment 2 s.h.
Including Diverse Learners 2 s.h.

Available course work in major and/or minor.

Students who plan to receive an Iowa Teacher’s license must complete a life and physical science course.

Upper Iowa University

Students planning to transfer into the Teacher Education Program at Upper Iowa University may fulfill the following general education requirements:

Arts and Humanities 6 s.h.
Communication
(Composition I, Composition II, and Speech)
9 s.h.
Mathematics
(Math for Liberal Arts)
3 s.h.
Computer Skills
(Introduction to Computers and Information Systems)
3 s.h.
Natural Science
(Inquiry Into Life Science or Biology - 3 s.h. and Physical
Science - 3 s.h.)
6 s.h.
Social Science
(History, Political Science, Economics or Sociology - 3 s.h. and
Psychology - 3 s.h.)
6 s.h.

Courses which may be taken at NIACC to complete major requirements at Upper Iowa University:

EDUCATION
Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
Educational Technology and Design 3 s.h.
Including Diverse Learners 3 s.h.
Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Elementary Education majors may also take:
Children's Literature 3 s.h.

Prekindergarten-Grade 3 majors:
(For specific curriculum, see Early Childhood Education section)

Waldorf College

Students planning to transfer into the Teacher Education Program need a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, need at least 12 semester hours of Professional Education and Content Core courses completed, need to have taken the PRAXIS I exam with scores of 171 (320 Computer) in Reading, 171 (318 Computer) in Writing, 169 (314 Computer) in Mathematics, and need good physical/mental health.

All courses in the major plus Composition & Speech I and II, the mathematics course, and the two science courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

The following courses may be taken at North Iowa Area Community College to complete major requirements.

U.S. History course (Elementary Education only) 3 s.h.
Physical Science course* 4 s.h.
Inquiry Into Life Science course* OR
Biological Science course*
4 s.h.
Public Speaking 2 s.h.
Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Including Diverse Learners 3 s.h.
Educational Technology and Design 3 s.h.
Children’s Literature (Elementary Education only) 3 s.h.
Educational Psychology 3 s.h.

* – Only Elementary Education needs two sciences.

Students could also complete course work for the following concentrations for Elementary Education:

SCIENCE CONCENTRATION
Physical Science course 4 s.h.
Biological Science course 4 s.h.
One Additional Lab Science 4 s.h.
MATHEMATICS CONCENTRATION
Intermediate Algebra 4 s.h.
College Algebra 4 s.h.
Calculus I 4 s.h.
SPANISH CONCENTRATION - Complete at least 12 credits from the following:
Elementary Spanish I and II 8 s.h.
Intermediate Spanish I and II 6 s.h.
Advanced Spanish I and II 6 s.h.
THEATRE CONCENTRATION
Introduction to Theatre, TV, Film 3 s.h.
COACHING AUTHORIZATION/ENDORSEMENT
Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 2 s.h.
Coaching Ethics Techniques and Theory 1 s.h.
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Coaching 1 s.h.
Athletic Development and Human Growth 1 s.h.

Wartburg College

Acceptance into the Teacher Education and Student Teaching Programs. Transfer students must complete one term at Wartburg to establish their GPA before applying for acceptance into the above programs.

A 2.5 overall GPA is required in course work taken at Wartburg College.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Educational Technology and Design 3 s.h.
Composition & Speech I and II 8 s.h.
Children’s Literature 3 s.h.
Introductory Biology AND 3 s.h.
Introductory Biology Laboratory 1 s.h.
OR Inquiry Into Life Science 4 s.h.
Introduction to Psychology 3 s.h.
Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
Public Speaking 2 s.h.
SECONDARY EDUCATION
Introduction to Teaching 3 s.h.
AND Field Experience and Seminar 1 s.h.
Educational Technology and Design 3 s.h.
Composition & Speech I and II 8 s.h.
Introduction to Psychology 3 s.h.
Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.

Secondary education majors must also meet the specific departmental requirements in their teaching major at Wartburg College.

Other Colleges and Universities

The student who plans to transfer to a college or university other than those listed above should confer with a counselor at North Iowa Area Community College in order that a satisfactory program may be arranged.